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Notable Fiction and Nonfiction of 2013

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Notable Fiction and Nonfiction of 2013

The Washington Post has published their list of 2013’s notable fiction and nonfiction and we are proud to say that Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin, Cooked: A History of Transformation by Michael Pollan, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw, and The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti have made the list!

See the full fiction list here and the nonfiction list here.


Countdown to the 2013 National Book Awards

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Countdown to the 2013 National Book Awards

Less than a week until the National Book Awards on November 20, and we can’t wait to find out who wins. (Our fingers are crossed for Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.) While you’re waiting for the big day, why not read excerpts from the finalists? The National Book Foundation has made available The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2013 National Book Award Finalists, a free NBA eBook series available for download in a variety of formats. Read excerpts from all the finalists, including Bleeding Edgehere.


Bleeding Edge a 2013 National Book Award Finalist

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Bleeding Edge a 2013 National Book Award Finalist

We are thrilled to announce that Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. And, for the first time, the National Book Foundation has made available The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2013 National Book Award Finalists, a free NBA eBook series available for download in a variety of formats. Read excerpts from all the finalists, including Bleeding Edge, here.


Spotted: Thomas Pynchon

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Spotted: Thomas Pynchon

Bleeding Edge is now out in the world, and so is Thomas Pynchon. Follow all of our sightings on Storify.


Be among the first to see the new video for Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio


Read an Excerpt from Bleeding Edge

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Read an Excerpt from Bleeding Edge

It’s the first day of spring 2001, and Maxine Tarnow, though some still have her in their system as Loeffler, is walking her boys to school. Yes maybe they’re past the age where they need an escort, maybe Maxine doesn’t want to let go just yet, it’s only a couple blocks, it’s on her way to work, she enjoys it, so?

This morning, all up and down the streets, what looks like every Callery Pear tree on the Upper West Side has popped overnight into clusters of white pear blossoms. As Maxine watches, sunlight finds its way past rooflines and water tanks to the end of the block and into one particular tree, which all at once is filled with light.  More…


In their starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls Bleeding Edge “A much-anticipated return, and it’s trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes.”

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Pynchon (Against the Day, 2006, etc.) makes a much-anticipated return, and it’s trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes.

Paranoia, that operative word in Pynchon’s world ever since Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), is what one of his characters here calls “the garlic in life’s kitchen.” Well, there’s paranoia aplenty to be had in Pynchon’s sauté pan, served up in the dark era of the 9/11 attack, the dot-com meltdown and the Patriot Act. Maxine Tarnow is, on the face of it, just another working mom in the city, but in reality, after she’s packed her kids’ lunches and delivered them at school, she’s ferreting around with data cowboys and code monkeys, looking into various sorts of electronic fraud. More…


In his Publishers Weekly review, David Kipen raves “No one, but no one, rivals Pynchon’s range of language, his elasticity of syntax, his signature mix of dirty jokes, dread and shining decency…Bleeding Edge is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces.”

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Published 50 years ago by long-gone J.B. Lippincott & Co., Thomas Pynchon’s V. wasn’t just the best first novel ever, it was a blueprint for his entire career. Much as that book yoyo-ed between an international femme fatale and a feckless contemporary klutz, the Pynchon shelf has alternated between globe-trotting, century-spanning bricks like Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), and impish, only slightly historical, California-set bagatelles like Inherent Vice (2009). Now comes Bleeding Edge, a lovably scruffy comedy of remarriage, half-hidden behind the lopsided Groucho mask of Pynchon’s second straight private-eye story. Like Ornette Coleman’s riff on The Rite of Spring, it starts out strong, misplaces the melody amid some delightfully surreal noodling, and finally swans away in sweet, lingering diminuendo.  More…


Barbara Hoffert, in Library Journal, concludes “Truly your most important reading for the fall.”

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel, Bleeding Edge, is set for publication in September, and already reviews are passing before my eyes. So I’ll give you my take on this heady, ground-shifting novel, which explores early Internet angst and the buildup to 9/11 to give us a world on the verge. Interestingly, despite the on-the-edge setting and language, the novel wraps with a core sense of human values. Truly your most important reading for the fall.

Once again, Pynchon delivers an extraordinary sense of the zeitgeist. As Bleeding Edge opens, Maxine Tarnow—sort of separated from staid Horst—gets her sons off to school in an artfully rendered Upper West Side directly before 9/11. A fraud investigator who’s lost her license, which makes for scuzzy clients but lets her pack a Beretta, Maxine is on the case when filmmaker friend Reg contacts her about his suspicions regarding hashslingrz, the computer security firm he’s been asked to document. Maxine’s investigations lead her to hashslingrz monomaniac Gabriel Ice; Igor, a Russian Mafioso with a conscience and two rap-spouting sidekicks named Misha and Grisha; government agent Windust, a murderer and torturer with whom Maxine exchanges information and a carnal moment; and many more. More…


More early praise for Bleeding Edge, and another starred review from Booklist !

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.The Crying of Lot 49Gravity's RainbowSlow LearnerVinelandMason and DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. Full Bio

Vogue Magazine calls Bleeding Edge “A pitch-perfect portrait of pre-9/11, pre-social media New York that’s both seductive and impossibly innocent.”

GQ Magazine says “In his new novel, Bleeding Edge, Pynchon’s finally satirizing the (near) present—specifically the absurd moment of pre-9/11 2011. Here’s an incomplete list of his targets: Silicon Alley, Pokemon, ‘this Xbox thing,’ Carmen Electra, a guy who hacks Furbys, Zima on tap, the Krispy Kreme craze.”

Hollywood Reporter concludes Bleeding Edge is “Aimed at fans of sprawling novels that tackle the big questions of modern life.”

Blackbook enthuses “What everyone seems to agree upon, however, is that Pynchon is fiercely funny this time out, and reflecting our Information Age society back at us with a noble clarity that no other living novelist has been able to manage. Take that, Franzen!”

Booklist‘s Starred Review:

Pynchon’s debut novel, V., appeared 50 years ago, and ever since he’s been tracking dubious covert actions and the arc and consequences of technology in novels of labyrinthine complexity, impish wit, and open-armed compassion. Of late, his inquiry has taken the form of rambunctious and penetrating crime novels. More…


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